Debating Doors Open 0
The St. Peter's Anglican Church that was built by master mason J.H. Billings in 1905 was one of 18 locations on the Doors Open Algonquin Highlands on Saturday, Sept. 15. The cross-township event included four trails on the two-day (Sept. 15 and 16) event.DARREN LUM/MINDEN TIMES/QMI AGENCY
At an Oct. 10 tourism development committee meeting, Minden Hills Barb Reid and Dysart el al Reeve Murray Fearrey questioned the value of the county continuing to be part of Doors Open Ontario, an annual event where communities invite the public to check out interesting and historic buildings.
The event was first held in the county in 2009 when it took place in Minden Hills. It moved to Dysart et al in 2010, Highlands East in 2011 and Algonquin Highlands this year.
While Reid and Fearrey weren't convinced there was much positive impact, Highlands East Reeve Dave Burton and Algonquin Highlands Reeve Carol Moffatt said their townships had seen direct benefit.
Moffatt said during the September weekend the event took place this year, she heard that accommodations in the county were hard to come by.
Algonquin Highlands council had been pleased by the turn out.
Previous events had taken place in the spring.
Moffatt said holding Doors Open in the fall was a great opportunity to capitalize on the colourful foliage and noted a number of media outets had reported the county as having the best colours in the province this year.
The event will come back to Minden Hills next year.
“I think we should try it again in Minden Hills, but in September,” Reid said.